Karachi:Senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf has accused the Indian cricket board of creating a player-versus-board rift in Pakistan and lambasted PCB for allegedly towing BCCI line.
Yousuf claimed the the BCCI was strengthening its own base and team by creating a situation where the PCB was up in arms against its own players.
"I think it is time our board stopped towing the line of the Indians as far as allowing its players who are signed up with the Indian Cricket League to play for the national team is concerned," Yousuf told "The Express" newspaper in an interview.
"There is no need for our board to come under pressure from the Indian board. The PCB must take decisions keeping in mind its own national interest," he said.
Yousuf, who is banned from international cricket because of his links with the rebel Indian Cricket League, said he had no doubt that BCCI was trying to pit the Pakistani players and board against each other.
Critising PCB's unflinching support to BCCI, he said, "Even when India was not playing against us did Pakistan cricket die? We survived very well. We will not die of hunger if India does not support us or does not play against us."
The Sindh High Court has allowed 11 ICL players including Yousuf to play domestic cricket but the legal adviser of the PCB Shan Gul has said that Yousuf's case was different because he had taken money from the PCB not to play in the ICL in 2007.
Yousuf said if the board didn't allow him to play domestic cricket they would have to answer to the court.
Yousuf hit back at PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt who recently said the senior player would be considered for the national team if he snapped his ICL ties.
"The board Chairman is wrong. If I am signed up with the ICL and they don't allow me to play for Pakistan then I will leave the contract. But right now the ICL has no objection to me playing for my country, so what does the PCB really want?" he asked.
He said if the PCB revised its policy on ICL players and allowed the players back, the national team could become world beaters and field a strong side for the Twenty20 World Cup in June-July.